Dana Corp.'s Driveshaft Div. has introduced a magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous material to form lighter, more compact--and in some cases--previously non-producible driveshaft configurations. "The process results in a metallurgical attachment that outperforms conventional MIG welding and competing mechanical attachment processes," says Jim Duggan, Dana's chief engineer of advanced design. The process creates an intense magnetic field by downloading large amounts of electrical energy into a specifically designed coil over a very short period of time. When an aluminum tube, for example, is subjected to the field, it collapses inward with sufficient force to weld itself onto a stationary component, such as a steel or aluminum shaft. The solid-state weld process requires no heat, with the component orientation controlled by machine tooling. FAX (419) 866-2616.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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